New Research into Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

“With an ageing Australian population, cancer is increasingly being diagnosed in people aged over 70. Older people are particularly vulnerable to chemotherapy and cancer because of increased health issues, functional dependence, social situation, nutritional disorders, depression and cognitive problems. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) provides a framework for a better person-centred approach to health assessment. Both patient and disease focus is required to achieve best-practice cancer care.”

 The INTEGERATE study was conducted through Eastern Health and Monash University’s Eastern Health Clinical School. Lead author of the study, Dr Wee-Kheng Soo, is a dual-trained geriatrician and oncologist who completed this work as part of his PhD project. The results were presented at a major international cancer conference in 2020, and have been published in the journal, Lancet Healthy Longevity.

 "To our knowledge, the INTEGERATE study is Australia’s first randomised clinical trial to show evidence that comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) can improve person-centred, treatment-related, and health-care-level outcomes in older people receiving cancer treatment.”DSC07825.jpg